A Burlington High School student is one of about 16,000 semifinalists for the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

As a semifinalist, BHS senior Samuel Schulte, the son of Dawn and Mathew Schulte, has the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million total that will be available in the spring.

Samuel Schulte was one of more than 1.6 million high school juniors from throughout the U.S. to enter into the National Merit Scholarship Program in 2017. To enter the program, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Those with the highest scores in each state made it to the semifinals.

To become a finalist, Samuel Schulte and BHS must submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about his academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Samuel Schulte also must write an essay and earn SAT scores that support his previous PSAT/NMSQT score.

Finalists will be announced in February.

If he qualifies, he will be among about 15,000 students from throughout the nation vying for a scholarship.

Up for grabs are 2,500 National Merit Scholarships for $2,500 that will be awarded on a state representational basis; about 1,000 corporate-sponsored merit scholarships that will be awarded to about 230 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their criteria; and about 4,000 college-sponsored merit scholarship awards for finalists who will attend them.

Winners will be announced between April and July.